The Orchard co-founder Scott Cohen announced late last week his retirement after 22 years at the Sony Music-owned distribution company. Cohen and Richard Gottehrer started The Orchard in 1997 in an office on a same-named street in NYC's Lower East Side, and it has since expanded to 30 markets with offices in London, Barcelona, Toronto, Paris and elsewhere.
"In his words, 'We always say that change is in our DNA so I better live up to the motto.' Thank you, Scott, for what you have built," the company said in an Instagram post. "You will be missed but, as you know, The Orchard…we're family."
A representative did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.
The Orchard remained in Cohen and Gottehrer's hands until early 2003 when it was sold to Dimensional Associates. Sony then purchased The Orchard from Dimensional in March 2015. In 2017, Sony merged The Orchard and RED into one global company operating under the Orchard brand, making it the world's largest indie distributor. Last month, the company announced it was selling off its film and television business.
The firm's distributed labels number a few thousand, including Thirty Tigers, Metal Blade, Som Livre, Red Bull Records, Mom and Pop, Daptone and Cleopatra.
22 years ago, Scott Cohen & Richard Gottehrer founded The Orchard. Today, Scott announced he will be retiring from The Orchard. From a small office on Orchard St to 40+ offices worldwide, we wouldn’t be what we are today without his vision and dedication. Cheers, @ScottCohen_ -- pic.twitter.com/cujKc9E2B3
— The Orchard (@orchtweets) February 1, 2019